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Date Time Competition Season
28 May 2022 3:00 pm Munster Senior Football Championship 2022

Match Report

Munster SFC – Kerry claim 83rd title

Kerry ran home commanding winners, as they claimed their 83rd Munster Crown in front of 14,587 spectators in Fitzgerald Stadium.

Their forward line was in form once again, as they ran out 1-28 to 0-8 winners, Killian Spillane hitting the back of the net with the only goal of the contest.

Limerick struggled to get their chance and take them, the gap in quality evident by the score-line but also in how both teams looked on the ball, Kerry now advance to the Quarter Final stage.

Kerry commanded a rather slow burning opening half, as Limerick looked to have been caught in the sunshine with just three points in the opening half, two of which came from the boot of Josh Ryan, who landed some fantastic frees, despite limping and having a strapping on his right leg, but it was Kerry who commanded the half, their forward oozing class.

Killian Spillane notched his first of the afternoon in the opening seconds, as Kerry tried to build Limerick hit back with a Ryan 45’, but after Brian Ó Beaglaíoch split the posts, they would lead 0-4 to 0-1 after the first quarter, Tony Brosnan and Sean O’Shea both raising the white flag.

Ian Corbett got their only score from play in the opening half after 18 minutes to reduce the deficit, but Kerry got three quick fires scores to move 0-7 to 0-3 ahead by the 23rd minute, before Ryan curled a beautiful sideline free for a four point game almost at the half hour mark.

The Kingdom finished the half strong, Gavin White and O’Shea both fisted over the bar, while Spillane and Ó Beaglaíoch added further scores to their tally, O’Shea capped off a great half of scoring with a beautiful 45’ to see Kerry go in 0-12 to 0-3 ahead.

It was as you were into the early exchanges of the second half, Kerry again picking off their scores when getting the opportunity, the forward lines looking like attack dogs, they managed six scores before Corbett again replied for the Treaty men, as they trailed 0-18 to 0-4 after 48 minutes.

Straight after the Corbett point, it was Kerry who hit back as Spillane was free inside and opened his body to hit a low shot into the back of the net, Cian Sheehan replied with a point, but it was still academic as Kerry remained the dominant force, getting five more points before Sheehan could again score, but by this stage they were 1-23 to 0-6 ahead, just after the hour mark.

They would again finish strong, Geaney, Michael Burns, O’Shea and O’Sullivan add saw the white flag raised, moving them 1-27 to 0-6 ahead, Gordon Browne and Sheehan pointed late for Limerick, but it was just a small consolation, as Kerry enjoyed another success to add to their every growing mantelpiece. 

Kerry

1Shane Ryan Goalkeeper
2Graham O’Sullivan Defender
3Jason Foley 19 Defender
4Tom O’Sullivan Defender 39', 59', 69'
5Brian Ó Beaglaíoch 24 Defender 12', 35'
6Tadhg Morley 18 Defender
7Gavin White Defender 29'
8Diarmuid O’Connor 21 Midfielder
9Jack Barry Midfielder
10Paudie Clifford Forward 22', 39'
11Seán O’Shea Forward 15', 34', 35+2', 46', 60', 67'
12Stephen O’Brien 17 Forward 41'
13Tony Brosnan Forward 14', 44', 53'
14Paul Geaney Forward 19', 36', 58', 63'
15Killian Spillane 20 Forward 48'
1', 23', 33'
16Shane Murphy Goalkeeper
17Adrian Spillane 12 Midfielder 53'
18Paul Murphy 6 Defender
19Dylan Casey 3 Defender
20Micheál Burns 15 Forward 65', 70+3'
21David Moran 8 Midfielder
22Jack Savage Forward
23Joe O’Connor Midfielder
24Gavin Crowley 5 Defender
25Jack O’Shea Defender
26Dara Roche Forward

Limerick

1Donal O Sullivan Goalkeeper
2Sean O Dea Defender
3Brian Fanning 21 Defender
4Mike O Donovan Defender
5Cian Sheehan Forward 51', 61', 70+3'
6Iain Corbett Defender 18', 48'
7Paul Maher 20 Defender
8Darragh Treacy Midfielder
9Cillian Fahy Midfielder
10Adrian Enright 22 Forward
11Brian Donovan Forward
12James Naughton Forward
13Peter Nash 19 Forward
14Josh Ryan Forward 7', 29'
15Hugh Bourke 26 Forward
16Aaron O Sullivan Goalkeeper
17Jim Liston
18Luke Murphy
19Colm McSweeney 13
20Gordon Brown 7 70'
21Robert Childs 3 Defender
22Tommy Griffin 10 Midfielder
23Padraig De Bruin
24Killian Ryan
25Diarmaid Kelly
26Robbie Bourke 15
  • 74'

    Full Time Kerry 1-28 Limerick 0-8, the Kingdom asserted their dominance in this tie

  • 74'

    Full Time Kerry 1-28 Limerick 0-8, the Kingdom asserted their dominance in this tie

  • 70'

    Four minutes of added time here, really has been rather dull as Kerry have certainly won the tie

  • 55'

    O'Shea makes it 1-21 to 0-5, the Kingdom are in the driving seat

  • 48'

    Spillane hits the net, wonderful side footed effort

  • 47'

    Limerick on the board again through Corbett

  • 44'

    Brosnan on the board again

  • 41'

    Stephen O'Brien gets his first of the day, all Kerry forwards have scored, they now lead 0-16 to 0-3

  • 36'

    Geaney quick to score the first point of the half

  • 35'

    The second half is underway

  • 37'

    O'Shea lands a beautiful 45 in the last act of the half, Kerry leading 0-12 to 0-3

  • 37'

    O'Shea lands a beautiful 45 in the last act of the half, Kerry leading 0-12 to 0-3

  • 35'

    Brian Ó Beaglaíoch adds his second before the break

  • 35'

    Two minute pf added time

  • 34'

    O'Shea fists over for another score

  • 33'

    Spillane kicks a beauty as Kerry lead by six

  • 29'

    Josh Ryan adds another remarkable free, but right from the restart Gavin White punches over the bar

  • 23'

    Killian Spillane on the scoresheet again

  • 22'

    Paudie Clifford makes it a four point game

  • 19'

    Paul Geaney replies with point for Kerry

  • 18'

    Ian Corbett gets the first Limerick score from play

  • 15'

    Sean O'Shea with a free to make it three in a row for the Kingdom

  • 14'

    Tony Brosnan puts two between them

  • 12'

    Brian Ó Beaglaíoch puts Kerry ahead by one

  • 7'

    Josh Ryan levels with a 45

  • 1'

    Killian Spillane with an early point for Kerry

  • 1'

    The referee throws in the ball and we are underway!!

  • Kerry are over whelming favourites, while Limerick look to end a major famine if they win this afternoon, looking to not make it 13 times they have been defeated in the decider

  • Both Kerry and Limerick teams are unchanged from selection and no fast one has been pulled as David Clifford remains out of todays game with a slight knock

  • A warm welcome from Fitzgerald Stadium, no pun intended as the weather is scorching the turf here in Killarney, throw in just an hour away in the Munster Senior Football Final, between Kerry and Limerick, my name is Diarmuid Kearney and I will update you every step of the way this afternoon

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.